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Title: Stronger, Better, Faster, More
Author: Carlin Grant and Katey Hawthorne
Publisher: Loose Id
Cover Artist: Mina Carter
Genre: Action/Adventure, M/M Romance, Trans*, Urban Fantasy
When he gets super-endurance powers out of nowhere, being a culinary student and kids’ soccer coach isn’t enough for Beau Warren–he has to be a superhero too. A sweet, hardworking trans man from a close knit family, it’s important to Beau to use his new abilities to stand up for people who can’t protect themselves. When he runs into a speedster at a fire rescue, he doesn’t expect it to be his high school crush, Vel Chandrasekhar. Turns out Vel got superspeed when Beau go his endurance, so they decide to make their single supe act into a duo.
With their immediate attraction and superpowered libidos, it’s not long before Beau and Vel are roommates-with-benefits. That’s the idea, anyhow, if only Beau can keep from falling back into his old crush hard, since Vel’s self-esteem issues have left him skittish about relationships. Just when things are at boiling point between them, though, their search for their own superhero origin story leads them and their families into mortal danger. The only way to survive the truth is to depend on each other–and admit they’re a lot more than friends.
Stronger, Better, Faster, More: The Soundtrack
Thanks for having us, Prism Book Alliance! Today we (Carlin Grant and Katey Hawthorne) are here to talk about the… er, eclectic soundtrack for our latest release, a superhero story called Stronger, Better, Faster, More.
To listen, check this out:
To find out more, read on:
- Walking on Sunshine – Sam Amidon (cover) — In an earlier version of the novel, Beau and Davy had a bluegrass band growing up, and Beau still played sometimes. I heard this song and was immediately struck with the image of Beau, after the end of the book, hanging out on the couch and playfully serenading Vel with it. -Carlin
- Peaches – In the Valley Below — This one came on the radio one day while I was driving, and we must’ve been working on the book at the time because I’d heard it a bunch before but never really connected. This time I was just like “… omg Beau and Vel.” As a bonus, it’s also something either of them would listen to. -Katey
- The Moon is Down – Radical Face — This is the song about Beau’s high school love for Vel. High school was pretty miserable for Beau. Though they were never close, I feel like Vel, with his enthusiasm, sense of humor, and outgoing nature, was the bright spot in Beau’s day. (Not exactly healthy, maybe, but hey, everyone’s still figuring this stuff out when they’re teenagers.) I feel like the tone of the song really captures that melancholy feeling that is pretty standard for unrequited first loves. -Carlin
- Get Lucky – The Beef Seeds (cover) — This started as a joke that ended up being less of a joke, sort of. Beau’s bluegrass roots paired with with the fact that they’re constantly getting lucky – how could we resist? -Carlin
- Wicked Game – James Vincent Miller (cover) — I was listening to a playlist of covers when I heard this song, and I felt it really fit with Vel. He’s so resistant to the idea of falling in love, so it really speaks to that, and his reaction to falling in love. Plus, the cover is beautiful, and fit the story in a way I think the original wouldn’t. -Carlin
- Theri Theme – Vedalam Soundtrack (Anirudh Ravichander) — When I first played this for Carlin, they said it was the most simultaneously perfect and annoying song ever. Which is why it’s perfect for Vel. A sorta-current Tamil something for the soundtrack too, right? -Katey
- Ananta – Talvin Singh & Niladri Kumar — Talvin Singh is the ultimate chill out music in my experience, plus a bad ass with the tabla beats–which would really help to anchor Vel in the slow-mo world, as he thinks of our speed. -Katey
- Beware of the Boys [Mundiyan to Bach Ke] (Moonbootica Remix) – Panjabi MC — Also very Vel. He may be Southern but he loves him some Bhangra okay. -Katey
- The Fusionist – TJ Rehmi — I don’t even know what to say about this one except: Vel. So much Vel. Over and over. The bit at the beginning that feels like madness then dissolves into a groove… yep. -Katey
- Zero – Yeah Yeah Yeahs — Everything about this song is Vel, but also him and Beau and their superheroing. No one wants to be a zero. -Katey
- In the Heat of the Moment – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds — I’ve had this album since it dropped, but I didn’t notice how perfect this song was for the boys until I was literally standing inside the House of Blues in Cleveland listening to it live. Relationship theme song, word up. You know they’ve got each other’s back. -Katey
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About the Author
Carlin Grant is a queer writer who likes to put the focus on LGBTQIA+ characters and has a sweet tooth for romance. Growing up in backwoods North Carolina left them with a love for the characters, culture, and folklore that is common in the rural South, and these themes often show up in their stories. When they’re not writing, Carlin enjoys reading, video games, superheroes, mixtapes, and visiting the beach. They currently reside in coastal NC, where they spend most of their time chasing after their toddler.
Katey Hawthorne is an avid reader and writer of superpowered romance, even though the only degree she holds is in the history of art. (Or, possibly, because the only degree she holds is in the history of art.) Originally from the Appalachian foothills of West Virginia, she currently lives in Ohio. In her spare time she enjoys comic books, B-movies, loud music, Epiphones, and Bushmills.
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